Health and Safety Student Program
Welcome to the Safety Sense General component, an on-line health
and safety induction package for secondary school students
undertaking work placements and work experience as part
of their school curriculum.This general package is designed
to help young people improve their knowledge and understanding
of workplace health and safety issues before they enter
the workplace. It is also useful for young people who
are already in the workplace.
Sense contains information on:
This package will help you understand workplace health and safety
hazards and laws and provide some practical solutions
to common health and safety problems.
- workplace health and safety laws;
- manual handling;
- hazardous substances;
- mechanical equipment;
- responsibilities of employers and employees;
- health and safety representatives and committees;
- resolving health and safety problems.
When you have read
the information there are some questions designed to make
sure you have understood the key points.
you complete the package successfully you will receive
an on-line Safety Sense Certificate issued by the Department
of Industrial Relations. This Safety Sense Certificate
recognises your understanding of basic workplace health
and safety and prepares you for your experience in workplaces.
Sense is a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland initiative.
Your first job, whether
it's full-time, part-time, casual or an apprenticeship,
can be an exciting and demanding experience as new responsibilities
and expectations are placed on you in a working environment.
Employers provide students with valuable opportunities to gain experience
in the workplace. It is important to understand that
employers have responsibilities towards you, and that
you also have responsibilities towards them.
and safety at work is everyone's responsibility.
While you are
at a workplace on a work placement or for work experience,
the employer is responsible for ensuring the workplace
is safe, including:
The employer must ensure that your safety or health is not
harmed in any way.
- providing safe work areas, machinery and equipment;
- providing information, instruction, training and supervision;
- providing protective equipment.
must take responsibility for looking after your own
health and safety, and not put others at risk. This
Young workers are usually keen to work hard and do well. They
also have a much higher risk of being injured at work
than older workers.
- following safety instructions;
- using equipment carefully; and
- reporting hazards and injuries.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland believes one reason
so many young workers are injured is that they are not
made aware of their rights to be properly trained, supervised,
cared for and provided with a safe and healthy environment.
next section deals with common hazards.